The last of the tussilago baby accessories patterns is finally released and I think this might be my favorite of the three even if I think they all look best together. Tussilago hat is a helmet style earflap hat in the size range from preemie to 49 cm head circumference and is intended to work for children 0-2 years just as Tussilago mittens and scarf.
New patterns! The new Tussilago Baby Collection is available for pre-order. You will recieve the Mittens pattern right away and the Scarf and Hat within a couple of weeks. As a special release offer you can get the entire collection for the price of one pattern until Friday October 7. I really hope that you will enjoy these patterns as much as I do.They are quick to knit and simple, but with a flair of elegance that makes them just as pretty as easy to make.
Continuing on the knitting small stuff I made a Blåbär Waistcoat in size 56, the newborn size, this one is made in some leftover Drops Alpaca that I used for socks several years ago when my mother in law asked if I maybe could make her a pair of soft wool socks for christmas. The socks have been worn out a long time ago but the leftovers were quite substantial so I thought that it could make a nice and warm tiny Waistcoat. I absolutely love this charcoal gray but choosing buttons has proven difficult. Wood and silver both look great but what will be the most stylish option and coordinate best with the rest of the outfit?
So I’m stuck in indecision and hope that my mind will clear a little by the time I have finished sewing in the size label.
As you probably know by now I love knitting and designing children’s wear and in doing so I have accumulated a bit of children’s wear. All of it use to live in my bridal chest, which was never used as a bridal chest but that is what we call big beautiful wooden chests here. Any way it has become a little full, almost overflowing all in a mishmash of colors and sizes. I realized that I had no idea of which sizes that where provided for and which were missed, so a few weeks back I ordered size labels and started measuring everything to determined the size and sewing in labels. I also realized that although I love the individual pieces, I’m the kind of person that really prefer a colour coordinated wardrobe and style matters to me. Even if this never will be my wardrobe it will be my future child’s wardrobe and I do care, maybe a little too much, and therefore I have decided to try and coordinate future makes within each size to try and make everything go together from now on. As I always say the first thing in trying to coordinate makes is to design on a color theme and I decided to go with gray, mustard and a tiny bit of white, navy and rust for all future 0-1 years items.
This photo below shows all the piles from the size organisation effort. I have surprisingly managed to spread the makes pretty well over the different sizes, these are newborn – 4 years.
I’m happy to announce that Vide socks are back in the new format with lots of additional sizes from approximately 3 years (Eur 25) to large adult. The pattern was originally written toe up style but as an extra bonus I added instructions for cuff down as well so you can choose the method you prefer. I really hope that you are as excited as I am, this was one of my first designs and I think those delicate leaves are stunning and along with changes to give perfect fit and a sculptured leg to prevent them from sagging they’re a wonderful addition to any sock drawer. For more information see the Pattern Page.
Personal knitting is something of a luxury at the moment since I spend most of my time trying out different design ideas and working on future patterns and all that comes with it. I love it but over the past year I have only made a few things for myself. I started a pair of kaprifol sock in september I think and only just finished them, these are made from my pattern Kaprifol Socks and are my first personal pair. The other 2 pairs are saved and tucked away in case I need to re-shoot them or ever decide to go to a knitting show and need sampels in good condition. Now I finally have a pair just for myself. I knitted them in Filcolana Arwetta Classic, I wouldn’t recommend the yarn it, is splitty for a sock yarn and I did not enjoy knitting with it, but on the other hand it is not the worst sock yarn I have used either.
I’m still in love with this design, so simple but with the cable exactly the right place, I can’t wait to wear them wheal working at the preschool, if is always amazing to see the children’s reaction.
If you want to make your self a pair the pattern is to be found it the shop.
Blåbär cardigan and beanie is back in the shop. The patter is completely reworked to have the same grate fit, more sizes and beautiful layout as all my new patterns and it comes with my favourite blueberry recipe as a bonus. To the pattern
I made a pair of leggings using some leftover red alpaca yarn. It was meant to be held double with the thicker alpaca I used for the red Saffran cardigan but in the end I only used the thicker alpaca and had this left over. I used Paelas Haverdags thighs pattern and made a 3 year size. They have a beautiful lace pattern going up on each leg that doesn’t show very well in the picture but they are really pretty and will be a great complement to all the sweaters in the chest with clothes for future children. The pattern features fold hems both at the waist and the ankles and I inserted clear elastic in the waist to ensure that they stay up despite running around and playing.
These are so nice I almost want to knit myself a pair of alpaca stockings, but knitting stockings for a pretty big me doesn’t sound that fun. Have you made anything like this in adult size?
Kaprifol socks are knitted from the cuff down and have a beautiful cable running organically along the side of the sock and merge at the toe. Kaprifol or Lonicera caprifolium is the flower of the province in Sweden I’m from. It climbs high in spirals and sprouts large flowers with a mild scent of summer.
Yarn: (320/360)meters of fingering weight sock yarn (400 meters/100 grams). The samples are made in yarn hand dyed by me. The yarn base is 75% wool, 25% polyamid. Gauge: 27 stitches/10 cm and 36 rows/10 cm in stockinet stitch
Price 45sek (about 5usd)
I have finally managed to create the coordinating sock pattern to Kaprifol Mitts, the have an organically flowing cable along each side of the sock that merge in the toe, there was a lot of knitting and ripping back in the design process before everything got exactly as I had planned. Now that it is finished I really, really like looking at them and since it is the most recent, It is my favourite, if you ask me in 6 months I’ll probably have a new favourite but for the moment those orange/red socks made in my own hand dyed yarn and kaprifol sock pattern. I love them and they might just be my favourite project ever. One of my friends said that my style was simple with a small but spectacular detail and these sock definitely falls under that if I may say so myself. I have always thought that my signature style was colour work related, like in my vide pattern series, but after this summer with all the cabling I had made and with the last cabled hat pattern I think I’ll have to redefine what I think my knitting style is. Colour work still is my favourite kind of knitting but the structure and the fabric created with cables is so different and interesting. I’m planning and swathing for another pattern with cable and garter stitch, but it is still in very early stages and will probably take some time before you see it.
This is a behind the scenes photo of the photoshoot for the pattern and for some coming ads, I didn’t have access to three models so I took three of our kitchen chairs, all my camera equipment and cable remote controller and photographed my self in all the three positions. Afterwards I edited them together to make it look like I had three models and a photographer. I love photoshop.
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